Friday, March 17, 2023

Marie Barbara (Danek) Papp | 1942–2023

My lovely, dear, sweet mom, Marie, died yesterday morning. 💔 

Arrangements via Paul Henney in Bethel Park:

Friday, December 11, 2020

Don’t just deny Texas’ original action. Decimate it. - Tom Goldstein, SCOTUSblog

From  Tom Goldstein, publisher of SCOTUSblog: 

"...A simple five-page per curiam opinion genuinely could end up in the pantheon of all-time most significant rulings in American history. Every once in a long while, the court needs to invest some of its accumulated capital in issuing judgments that are not only legally right but also respond to imminent, tangible threats to the nation. That is particularly appropriate when, as here, the court finds itself being used as a tool to actively undermine faith in our democratic institutions — including by the members of the court’s bar on whom the justices depend to act much more responsibly..." 

-Tom Goldstein, Editorial: Don’t just deny Texas’ original action. Decimate it., SCOTUSblog (Dec. 11, 2020, 2:06 PM),

Monday, December 07, 2020

Open Letter to PA Rep. Natalie Mihalek re. 2020 General Election

December 7, 2020

Honorable Natalie Mihalek
3515 Washington Rd, Ste 540
McMurray, PA 15317

Dear Representative Mihalek:

As a long-time Republican and a constituent who voted for you in November, I write to express my profound disappointment in your co-signing a letter with other members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly urging our Congressional delegation to block the awarding of Pennsylvania’s Electoral College votes [Roebuck, Jeremy (4 December 2020). "After Trump team calls them 'cowards' and 'traitors,' state GOP leaders urge Congress to reject Pa. election results". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Elizabeth H. Hughes. Retrieved 7 December 2020.)],[].

I am an elections officer in Bethel Park, serving a 4-year term as Judge of Elections in Ward 6,District 3. Your claim that our elections officials conducted themselves in such a manner as to undermine “the lawful certification of Pennsylvania’s delegation to the Electoral College” is personally offensive, and flat-out wrong. Furthermore, encouraging Congress to reject the will of the people and instead pursue a radical and legally murky scheme to - presumably - appoint Trump electors in contravention of the popular vote is deranged. It’s a shameful attack on our democracy. Why are you involved in this?

Please remove your name and signature from page 7 of the December 4th letter to Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation, and publicly affirm that Pennsylvania had a fair and secure election. 

Sincerely yours,

Joseph Papp
5887 Keystone Drive
Bethel Park, PA 15102-3359

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Freedom of Speech in the Digital Age

The Knight Institute’s letter to President Trump is here.